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$40.7 million to keep southern suburbs healthy, active and connected

Posted on February 13, 2021
  • Re-elected McGowan Labor Government to deliver $40.7 million for community and sporting infrastructure in the southern suburbs
  • $10 million for a Club Night Program to support lighting at local sports facilities
  • $2 million available to grassroots sporting clubs to make facilities female friendly and boost women’s participation
  • $4.2 million to support Community Neighbourhood Centres to transition into the Empowering Communities program

A re-elected McGowan Labor Government will deliver $40.7 million for community and sporting infrastructure in the southern suburbs to help local residents stay active, healthy, and connected with their local community.

Recognising the vital role that sporting facilities play in local communities, a McGowan Labor Government will invest $31.1 million towards sporting infrastructure in the southern suburbs.  

The Canning Vale Regional Sporting Complex will take a major step forward, with a re-elected McGowan Labor Government to provide $10 million to progress the proposal. The CVRSC will meet the increasing demand for sporting facilities in the rapidly growing south eastern suburbs.

A re-elected McGowan Labor Government will invest $625,000 to upgrade the John Connell Sporting Reserve in Leeming, modernising change rooms to cater for the women and girl’s cricket and soccer teams.

As part of its commitment to boosting participation in women’s sport, a re-elected McGowan Labor Government will deliver $550,000 to install unisex change rooms at Goodchild Park in Hamilton Hill, as well as installing CCTV to boost local security.

These commitments follow the McGowan Labor Government’s promise to fund $20 million towards the redevelopment of East Fremantle Oval, creating a community facility for people of all ages and interests.

Community infrastructure in the southern suburbs is set for a $9.6 million boost under a re-elected McGowan Labor Government to keep local communities connected.

To help fill the gap in youth facilities in Southern River, a McGowan Labor Government will invest $2 million toward a Youth Plaza in Southern River – a multigenerational facility building on the success of the Esplanade Youth Plaza in Fremantle and Mills Park Centre in Beckenham.

A re-elected McGowan Labor Government will invest $1.5 million to create new Recreational Space at Burtonia Gardens and Marseille Gardens in Piara Waters, including a skate park, basketball court, barbecues, shelters and toilets.

WA Labor has committed $1 million towards establishing a Baldivis Men’s Shed following strong advocacy from local member Reece Whitby, who has worked closely with the Baldivis and Districts Community Men’s Shed Association and the broader community towards achieving a local Men’s Shed.

As previously announced, a re-elected McGowan Labor Government will provide $5 million to the Chung Wah Association to fund the purchase of land and the construction of a multipurpose community centre in the southern suburbs. 

To support the vital work of Community Neighbourhood Centres, a McGowan Labor Government will provide $4.2 million to support nine centres across the metropolitan area to transition into the Empowering Communities program – including the Forest Lakes/Thornlie Family Centre, the Victoria Park Community Centre, Gowrie Community Services in Leeming and Karawara, Kulungah-Myah Family Centre in Kardinya and the Warnbro Community & Family Centre.

A re-elected McGowan Labor Government will open a $10 million Club Night Light Program, a grant fund allowing local governments to apply for lighting of local sports facilities, expanding their use.

If re-elected, the Government will provide a $2 million boost to the Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF), making more money available to grassroots sporting clubs to make facilities female friendly and boost women’s participation in local sport.

A re-elected McGowan Labor Government will also double the Multicultural Community Grants Program Funding to $1 million annually to support local multicultural groups around the State.

The total package builds on the McGowan Labor Government’s significant investment into sport and community infrastructure through the WA Recovery Plan, which included $170 million to upgrade local community facilities across the State, and $130 million towards sporting facilities.

Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan: 

“Local sport is at the heart of our communities, and I know how important it is for Western Australians to stay active, healthy, and connected with their local community.

“My government’s WA Recovery Plan has delivered an unprecedented $300 million investment into local community and sporting facilities – creating local jobs through building and upgrading local infrastructure across the State.

“This funding commitment will give West Australians access to top-quality facilities, keep communities connected and create local jobs for local workers during construction.

“Our $2 million boost to the CSRFF will give more Western Australian women and girls the opportunity to participate at their local sporting clubs, levelling the playfield at a grassroots level with quality female-friendly facilities.”

Comments attributed to Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby:

“This commitment is a critical step towards delivering a Men’s Shed for Baldivis, providing an important space for the many men looking to get more involved in their local community.”

Comments attributed to Bicton MLA Lisa O’Malley:

“The East Fremantle Oval precinct will act as a community hub where people will be able to come and meet, have a coffee, play some sport and enjoy the space.”

Comments attributed to Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk:

“The McGowan Labor Government has taken real steps to boost opportunities for women to participate in local sports – and this commitment for new change rooms at Goodchild Park means that opportunity will be extended to local women and girls in Hamilton Hill.”

Comments attributed to Jandakot MLA Yaz Mubarakai:

“The south-eastern suburbs are rapidly growing, and the McGowan Labor Government will deliver the local infrastructure we need to keep our community active and healthy.”

Comments attributed to Southern River MLA Terry Healy:

“The Southern River Youth Plaza will provide spaces for toddlers, children and teens in a family-friendly environment to ensure our community has the facilities to support local kids and local families.”